I, Robot Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Ashe’s first name in the novel?

2. Bogert is the head of what department at U.S. Robots in the novel?

3. How long does The Brain say it will take to build a ship in “Escape!”?

4. Where does the Co-ordinator say the Hydroponics plant has been laying men off in “The Evitable Conflict”?

5. What is the Capital of the European Region in “The Evitable Conflict”?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where are Dr. Calvin and Dr. Bogert in the beginning of “Little Lost Robot”? Who greets them?

2. How does the story “Liar!” mark a turning point in I, Robot?

3. What types of books does Dr. Calvin bring to Herbie in “Liar!” Which does he prefer?

4. How does Dr. Calvin react to the information about the modified First Law in the robots in “Little Lost Robot”?

5. What conclusion does The Brain reach upon analyzing all of the data in “Escape!”? Why does this concern Dr. Calvin?

6. What does Stephen Byerley tell Dr. Calvin and Dr. Lanning upon their departure from the interview in “Evidence”?

7. What is related of the Northern Region in “The Evitable Conflict”?

8. How are the Three Laws of Robotics explored thematically in “Little Lost Robot”?

9. What is the basis of Dr. Calvin’s fear of the robots and their capabilities in “Little Lost Robot”?

10. What thought does Herbie read of Dr. Calvin’s in “Liar!”?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and analyze the setting of “Reason.” On what planet are Donovan and Powell stationed? What is the purpose of their mission there? What robot accompanies them on their mission?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the plot structure of “Runaround.” How does this story compare with “Robbie” in relation to its subject, themes, and characters? How do the Three Laws of Robotics apply in each story? What similarities do the robots share?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the Three Laws of Robotics as an organizing principle and unifying theme for Asimov's works. What are the three laws, and what short story (included in I, Robot) first introduced them? How do the laws apply in the stories of the collection? What do they symbolize in our contemporary world?

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